But navel-gazing bloggers are drunk on dreams.
"Bull Doza published a bunch of comments from names in the Recruitosphere and the gullible think that these deliver some sort of meaningful message."
Bull is right. I should have phrased it like this.
"Bull Doza published a bunch of comments about recruiting blogs that are having a hypnotic effect on people who should know better."
If you listen to my recent historic radio show, you'll see that this is absolutely true.
All of them had very interesting things to say. But, in the end, they had some sort of zombie-like attraction to the idea that recruiting blogs are a big deal in the recruiting business as a whole -- even though everything they said proved that was wrong.
I'll show you what I mean with quotes from the cheerleaders on Bully's own blog.
But, first, let's review the questions that have brought Six Degrees From Dave so much recent attention. (Please note: I've removed half the words).
1. Give us examples of blogs influencing product development.
This is a poorly worded question as it has nothing to do with recruiting blogs. And that's reflected in the answers which include RSS and widgets. What did recruiting blogs have to do with their development? Nothing.
2. Give us examples of recruiting blogs creating viral marketing. (Note that "viral" suggests something big like an epidemic).
3. How have blogs become an industry partner?
Again, no focus on recruiting blogs so many of the answers are bound to be irrelevant. And what is an industry partner anyway?
Neal Bruce, The Monster.
"Blogs are at early stages, but I fully expect Blogger influence to increase over time." Translation: they aren't big now.
Papa John Sumser:
Everyone knows I like Papa. But he's all over the place on this one. Finally, however, he gets to the money line. "The rest of the story involves the (much slower) migration of actual recruiting into the blogs." Translation: It isn't happening.
Mr 5 O'Clock, (Russell Glass)
"As important influencers in the recruiting industry, bloggers are critically important..... In total, they have sent many dozens to ZoomInfo through their passion for our product. " Dozens. Imagine that!
Do blogs play a major role in viral marketing? Answer: "We haven’t seen much yet."
"The smart recruiters/hr pros are using blogs to reach candidates on a more human level. I cite 2 bloggers as example, Dennis Smith, Staffing Manager, Engineering at T-Mobile who writes the blog wirelessjobs.com and Martin Burns of ZoomInfo."
Two examples. That's not much, is it? And you can't really come up with more than you can count on two hands.
Vin Dieselevey, (Steve Levy)
Deez provides the only semi-substantial claim in the series so far. "A few deftly placed blog posts on BountyJobs by yours truly increased recruiter sign up by roughly 50%."
But I need details. When we first mention any new software on the blogs they get a flurry of hits which immediately disappears.
Also, Deez doesn't provide any indication that blogs are a big part of recruiting. And he tries to muddy the waters by claiming that "the ERE groups are in fact blogs." Right. And so are newspapers that publish online. Thanks Deez. We needed that.
"Blogs are at times a bit too isolationist or even elitist." Get the message? They stand apart from the mainstream.
The G-Man argues that blogs influence people like Shally who then teach these ideas to companies for a fee.
"If Gerry, John, Lou, Peter, Shally or somebody does a paid webinar on recruiting topic X, the attendees will say, “hey, let’s give this a shot to revise our operational model.”.... where did those people get their ideas for their webinars/books/consulting reports....They talk to people and get ideas from places INCLUDING blogs.
So what do I hear here? Recruiting blogs have no direct role in the industry. They seem to involve a small number of people who send representatives to the larger world. No specifics are given. And I suspect that Shally will stop talking to Glenn when he reads this because he thinks the traffic in ideas goes the other way, from him to the blogs.
Harry Joiner, The Marketing Headhunter
"No Blog, No Sale.
The primary modern procurement process for executive search seems to be:
a.) Receive incoming cold call voice mail from recruiter,
b.) Google recruiter to see if they’re for real,
c.) Check out recruiter’s blog from Google results, and then
d.) Return call of recruiter if there’s a need and the recruiter appears to be any good"
I respect Harry. I learn from him. But this might be the clearest example of a smart guy gone wrong. How can blogs be part of the primary procurement process if so few firms have them?
I know from Bull himself that there are a couple more testimonies that have not been published. And their answers about recruiting blogs are both negative.
Conclusion: Resistance is Futile
So, now you know what's what. But it won't make any difference. These guys are addicted to these self-promoting notions like kids who adopt a political philosophy during their idealistic youth and have trouble shaking it no matter how often events prove them wrong.